ADHD

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Posted by: Lin | 2011-10-14

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5 year old recently diagnosed ADHD

My 5 year old boy was recently diagnosed with ADHD by Dr Stacey Kretzmer at Sunninghill hospital. I feel everything happened so fast. We saw the school Educational Psychologist on Monday. She suggested we see a pediatric neurologist. With lots of prayers we got an appointment with Dr Kretzmer on Wednesday. They did an EEG and she did all the tests and it was decided that my boy has ADHD. She put him on Strattera which he has been taking since Wednesday night.
The whole problem is we need to decide if my son can go to grade 1 or if he needs to stay in Grade R. He turns 6 in the middle of December.
We (my husband and I) feel a bit overwhelmed about this because it is such a huge decision. We''re going to wait until mid November to see what changes we see in our son.
What do you suggest we do otherwise?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lin,

what you have been through in three days most families go through in a few weeks; it is completely understandable that you feel overwhelmed and urge you and your husband to allow yourselves an adjustment period.

Without the ADHD diagnosis, December babies tend to be caught between their developmental progress and their age. Giving the Straterra some time to take effect, I feel, is a good idea.

It may sound harsh, but repeating a year tends to be more difficult on the parents than the child; if a year has to be repeated, rather let it be this one than one higher up.

In terms of what to do otherwise, I assume Dr. Kretzmer explained the dietry and lifestyle changes; try to implement these for the whole family so that your little does not feel singled out. As I said in the start of this post, give yourselves some time to adjust; it seems a huge hurdle now, but take one thing at a time and consider the pros and cons of each scenario before making a decision. It is unfortunate that this has happened at this time of the eyar as the school is likely wanting to have answers: ask for their patience and understanding as you try to do what is best for your son - they should be understanding of that.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: Lisa | 2015-09-15

My son, now 22 has ADD. He was diagnosed at 6 years old. We decided to let him start school at 6. Big mistake...he struggled his frist few years, then in grade 4, my daughter started grade 1 and we decided to change schools and he repeated grade 4...best decision ever. He completed his grades and went to high school, off all his meds, he was on concerta. He has just finished his Mechanical Engineering diploma and is now doing his practical studies. I am so proud of him. He struggled through junior school, did well in high school, but it did take lots of hard work from his part, and lots of encouragement and help from us. Good luck to u and your son. xx

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Posted by: experienced | 2011-11-25

I would definately keep your child back. They start gr.1 in the year they turn 7, but your kid is a December baby. You would be doing yourself and your child, especially a boy a BIG favour by keeping him back. Later on in life you will realise that Emotionally, never mind academically he will be slightly behind the kids in his class. A child with ADHD has self esteem problems too, so really consider keeping him back and keeping him on the Straterra. See how it goes...

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011-10-14

Dear Lin,

what you have been through in three days most families go through in a few weeks; it is completely understandable that you feel overwhelmed and urge you and your husband to allow yourselves an adjustment period.

Without the ADHD diagnosis, December babies tend to be caught between their developmental progress and their age. Giving the Straterra some time to take effect, I feel, is a good idea.

It may sound harsh, but repeating a year tends to be more difficult on the parents than the child; if a year has to be repeated, rather let it be this one than one higher up.

In terms of what to do otherwise, I assume Dr. Kretzmer explained the dietry and lifestyle changes; try to implement these for the whole family so that your little does not feel singled out. As I said in the start of this post, give yourselves some time to adjust; it seems a huge hurdle now, but take one thing at a time and consider the pros and cons of each scenario before making a decision. It is unfortunate that this has happened at this time of the eyar as the school is likely wanting to have answers: ask for their patience and understanding as you try to do what is best for your son - they should be understanding of that.

Best of luck,
Delia

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